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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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With Good Intentions
healthy living

With Good Intentions
On Cultivating Mindful Intention

Magazine / society
Intentions have great power. In order to harness this power, we must first understand what intention is, before taking a mindful approach to it. Magdalena Róża Skoczewska

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More Than a Thousand Words

More Than a Thousand Words
How the Neuraths Created Isotype

Magazine / culture
Isotype – the set of pictorial symbols developed by Otto and Marie Neurath – was an egalitarian project, aimed at developing a universal language for communicating social-scientific data. Andrzej Kula
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Baby Beasts

Baby Beasts
Reproduction in the Animal World

Magazine / science
From post-natal death to hatching out of a mother’s back, the modes of reproduction in the animal world are far more varied than that of humans. Mikołaj Golachowski
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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
big think

How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?

Reading / science
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis. Jaimee Bell

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Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Silenced Memories: LGBT People in World War II

Reading / science
Joanna Ostrowska, author of a book about gay people during World War II, talks about why it is crucial to honour the memory of LGBT people in Poland. Paulina Małochleb 

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Embodying Kinshasa

Embodying Kinshasa

Media / Photo
On the streets of Kinshasa – the third biggest city on the African continent – artists are raising awareness among citizens about the challenges the Congolese capital city is facing.
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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
Kurzgesagt

Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?

Media / Video
The sun. Smooth and round and peaceful. Except when it suddenly vomits radiation and plasma in random directions. Should we be worried?
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Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska

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How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman

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The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma

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A Kibbutz on the Couch

A Kibbutz on the Couch
An Interview with Shai Orr

Magazine / society
Israeli therapist Shai Orr – author of the book “Miraculous Parenting” – talks about education, kibbutzim, and what it means to be successful. Ewa Pawlik
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Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic

Life-Giving, Lethal, Prophetic
Water in Mythology

Magazine / culture
The mythologies and meanings of water across history and various cultures seem to share some similarities – from its life-giving properties to the flood myth. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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2nd May 1519

2nd May 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, the great painter Leonardo da Vinci passed away. Yet at the time – although clearly talented – he enjoyed far less fame and worship than he does today. Adam Węgłowski

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May in History

May in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of May. Adam Węgłowski
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Shine Heroes

Shine Heroes

Media / Photo
There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them.
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Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR
Stanisław Lem

Мастер Lem: How Stanisław Lem’s Sci-Fi Conquered the USSR

Reading / culture
A scholar talks about why Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem was so well-received in the Soviet Union – and why he continues to be popular in Russia to this day. Dariusz Kuźma
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Mission: Visibility

Mission: Visibility
An Interview with Teatr 21’s Justyna Sobczak

Reading / society
People with Down’s syndrome and autism are often ignored by the public. The Warsaw-based theatre Teatr 21 wants to change that. Mateusz Demski

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Mikołaj
Golachowski

We Could All Use an Octopus Teacher

Reading / science
In light of Netflix’s “My Octopus Teacher” winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, a biologist writes about just how clever cephalopods really are.
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Between Control and Hallucination

Between Control and Hallucination
An Interview with Anil Seth

Magazine / science
Neuroscientist Anil Seth talks about hallucinogenics, artificial intelligence, and how our perception of the world might not be consistent with reality. Maria Hawranek

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Bravo, Okinawa!
healthy living

Bravo, Okinawa!
The Secret to a Long Life

Magazine / society
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success? Aleksandra Reszelska
Opinion
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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The Toolbox

Matthew
Coachinger
Matthew Coachinger
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Miha
Mazzini

Never Stop Trying

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Miłosz Artefact
Mind the climate

Miłosz Artefact
On Czesław Miłosz and Solastalgia

Reading / society
Czesław Miłosz’s poem “And the City Stood in Its Brightness” deals with loss. It also allows us to reflect on solastalgia, or environmental grief. Anna Mitchell
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Delighted Man
Mind the climate

Delighted Man
The Metaphysics of Nature Conservation

Magazine / science
Nature conservation is not simply a matter of being conscious about the environment – it also raises metaphysical questions. Michał Książek
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The Power of Narrative
Mind the climate

The Power of Narrative
An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason

Magazine / society
Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason talks about how to write about climate change, the intersection of death and nature, and Iceland’s sacred cow. Maria Hawranek
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Growth Is Killing Us
Mind the climate

Growth Is Killing Us
An Interview with Jason Hickel

Magazine / society
Economic anthropologist Jason Hickel talks about the pitfalls of growth, and how we can pursue an economic model that protects human wellbeing and the environment. Paulina Wilk

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?
big think

How Does Hypnosis Really Impact the Brain?

Reading / science
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis. Jaimee Bell
Czytaj
How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life
bigthink

How to Get Materialism Under Control in Your Life

Reading / society
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things. Robby Berman
Czytaj
The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
healthy living

The Unbearable Lightness of Sleeping
An Interview with Eve Lewis Prieto

Reading / science
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic? Dariusz Kuźma
Czytaj
Humans Need Nature to Blossom

Humans Need Nature to Blossom
An Interview with Sue Stuart-Smith

Reading / society
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing. Anna Tatarska